2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Spike Lee comes home to Brooklyn, as the full theatrical version of his new documentary ‘2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright’ has its Brooklyn Premiere at the 2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Brooklyn Heights

Spike Lee comes home to Brooklyn, as the full theatrical version of his new documentary ‘2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright’ has its Brooklyn Premiere at the 2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. The Black Lives Matter doc, created for ESPN, will screen Wed., June 8 at 7PM in Founders Hall Theater, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn Heights. A shortened version of the film was shown at Tribeca but the AoBFF screening is the first time the full film will be shown for a festival audience.

AoBFF also has a full slate of new films created in and catalyzed by the Brooklyn independent scene. Standouts for 2016 include the World Premieres of horror feature ‘Seclusion’ directed by Joe Bandelli and sci-fi thriller ‘Diverge’ directed by James Morrison. Bay Ridge’s own Mr. Kaves (Lordz of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Made Tattoo) is featured in the French drama ‘Star’ which will have its US Premiere at AoBFF. Star is directed by Marc Aurèle Vecchione.

Documentaries of note include ‘The F Word,’ ‘In Our Backyard’ and ‘Cabras Where Fables Are Born.’ The festival will also be screening blocks of short comedies, dramas, docs and animation and its famous ‘Film As Art’ block, which is a home for experimental art films that are often passed over by film festivals.

AoBFF will host panel discussions on important topics facing filmmakers: Women in Entertainment: ‘Power Players Changing the Parity Game’ produced with NY Women in Film and Television, ‘In the Mix: Latino Filmmakers at the Forefront’ produced with Prime Latino Media and ‘How To: Microbudget Filmmaking in NYC’ with guests from the NY Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

On Saturday June 4, AoBFF is partnering with the NYC Parks Dept to produce a free event: ‘Best of the AoBFF’ on the main lawn in Sunset Park. Brooklyn’s DJ SugarfreeK will be spinning and previous festival films will be screening when the sun goes down. The event will have an old-school Brooklyn block party vibe with food, fun and a block of free films headlined by 80s-style horror romp ‘Lake Nowhere.’

Attendees can purchase an All-Access Festival Pass (every party, event and screening) for only $40 til May 27, $50 thereafter. Pre-Sale tickets are $2 off online when customers use code AoBFF16

About AoBFF

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the only international, independent festival in the world exclusively devoted to the Brooklyn indie film scene. We consciously work against the ways that film festivals in the borough support gentrification, by screening in neighborhoods across Brooklyn, including those underserved by cultural institutions. 2016 locations are Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Curated by the Art of Bklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn On Demand brings the best Brooklyn-centric indie films and media to a worldwide audience while helping their creators earn exposure and revenue for their work. BKOD showcases work that represents the diverse voices of the Brooklyn creative scene — and gives filmmakers a choice in how they want to share it. To charge or not to charge? They decide.

 

Best of the Fest in Sunset Park - June 4
A totally FREE event, old-school "Brooklyn block party" style produced with the NYC Parks Department! Come dance to a DJ set by Brooklyn's Honeychild Coleman aka DJ Sugarfreebk at 7PM then watch our award-winning festival alumni Rhythm of the City, Confluence, How You Doin' Boy? Voicemails from Gran'pa and Lake Nowhere when the sun goes down. No tickets required... just show up and have fun!

Opening Night Party - June 7
Tuesday, June 7th, 7PM at Bklyn Commons 495 Flatbush Ave  Open bar from Sixpoint Brewery, food provided by Baba's Pierogies, Epicurious Safari, Create & Plate and more!

Wed. June 8 - St. Francis College
​7:00PM Spike Lee's 2 Fists Up

Wed. June 8 - St. Francis College at 8:45PM
Join us for STAR, starring graffiti legend Mr. Kaves (Lordz of Brooklyn) as we screen its U.S. Premiere!

Thurs. June 9 - St. Francis College at 7:00PM

  • The World Premiere of the Sci-Fi Thriller DIVERGE at the 2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
  • Q&A with cast and crew after the screening
  • ALSO.....Join the 6th Annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival for the roundtable discussion Women in Entertainment: Power Players Changing the Parity Game co-produced in partnership with NY Women in Film & Television!

Friday, June 10 - St. Francis College at 9:00PM
A block of powerful new short dramas from the Brooklyn independent film scene.

Sat. June 11 - St. Francis College

  • A block of new Short Films from Brooklyn's indie film scene!
  • IN OUR BACKYARD - Brooklyn Premiere 2016 Art of Bklyn Film Festival
  • THE F WORD Brooklyn Premiere
  • SECLUSION - World Premiere

Sun. June 12 - St. Francis College

  • OXD/ONE EXTRAORDINARY DAY - Brooklyn Premiere 2016
  • 2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Awards Ceremony

 

Spike Lee comes home to Brooklyn, as the full theatrical version of his new documentary ‘2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright’ has its Brooklyn Premiere at the 2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
Spike Lee comes home to Brooklyn, as the full theatrical version of his new documentary ‘2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright’ has its Brooklyn Premiere at the 2016 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Beyond Brooklyn

Mikaela Shiffrin wins her third straight Killington Cup in slalom.  ©Mark D Phillips

Today was Mikaela's day to shine during a dreary day at Killington. The weather really was opposite of the excitement as she competed for her third straight Killington Cup slalom podium.

It was Federica's day. After moving from the 6th starting position to a 2nd place first run finish, Brignone tore up the course in the second run to finish .49 ahead of Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.